Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport

Your Part in Clean Sport

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As a high-performing athlete, you have a responsibility to keep sport clean.

This involves embracing the values of 100% me and following the principles of strict liability, which means that you are solely responsible for any banned substance you use, attempt to use or is found in your body, regardless of how it got there or whether there was an intention to cheat or not.


To achieve this, you need to follow the anti-doping basics by:

  • checking all medications on Global DRO prior to use
  • understanding what happens in a test and the testing process
  • knowing the risks of taking supplements
  • checking which anti-doping rules apply to your sport and the competitions you attend
  • knowing who to trust for advice and support in anti-doping, such as your National Governing Body or UK Anti-Doping

The Role of Key Agencies in Your Sporting Career

As a top athlete, you are at the heart of the work undertaken by a number of organisations to ensure clean competition at every level. These include UK Anti-Doping, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), your International Federation, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The section below gives a brief description of the role of each organisation:

UK Anti-Doping

UK Anti-Doping works to protect the right of athletes to participate in clean sport. It is responsible for overseeing the management and implementation of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy and ensures that sports bodies in the UK comply with the World Anti-Doping Code. You can find out more in the section What we do.


World Anti-Doping Agency

WADA is the international and independent organisation that governs anti-doping globally. WADA’s mission is to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. You can find out more in the section What we do and by visiting WADA’s website


The World Anti-Doping Code - 2015 Code

The World Anti-Doping Code is the core document that provides a framework for harmonising anti-doping policies, rules and regulations for sport organisations and NADOs. Published by WADA, a revised Code came into effect on 1 January 2015. The Code is underpinned by five International Standards to ensure a uniform approach to anti-doping around the world.

The International Standards are:
  • The Prohibited List
  • The International Standard for Testing
  • The International Standard for Laboratories
  • The International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
  • The International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information

If you are not sure of the changes to anti-doping in the 2015 Code then read the 2015 Code Athlete Factsheet



International Federations (IFs)

IFs are required by the World Anti-Doping Code to undertake anti-doping activities. These include conducting testing both in and out-of-competition, providing education programmes and sanctioning those who commit anti-doping rule violations.


The International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee

The IOC and IPC are responsible under the Code for all the anti-doping functions during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, respectively. This includes managing the testing programme and sanctioning those who commit anti-doping rule violations at the Games.


National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees (NPCs)

NOCs and NPCs are also required to implement the Code. In the UK, this is the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association.
You can find out more in the section New to Anti-Doping.